HTPC Build Redux

Some time back I set about creating a Home Theatre PC (HTPC, or media centre PC if you prefer). My conclusion included mention that I wasn’t 100% happy with my build. I rarely used the machine to be honest, but I was getting fed up of my PVR so went back online to see what […]

A Cheaper Home Automation Solution

A while back I set up a little home automation using a USB 433Mhz transmitter to control some RF sockets I had lying around. The primary aim was to replace the timer I used to run my lamps, which needed constant changing throughout the year. It worked, and I even made a couple of tweaks […]

HTPC Modifications

A while back I moved my HTPC to Windows 7 so I thought I would do a quick write-up of the experience.  I wasn’t unhappy with Vista, it was running well, but I had done a W7 install on a media centre I built for my brother and I was impressed with some of the […]

Experiments in Alternative Hosting

I’ve pretty much always hosted my sites in a shared LAMP environment. My host, Vidahost, has been great and their cloud hosting is the next step up from traditional cPanel fare. It’s been very reliable and is packed with features. With the re-emergence of static sites, the range of ‘hosting providers’ has increased though. Many are non-traditional. […]

Shuttle XS35 Review

I’d been thinking about buying a small low-powered PC I could use as a server for a while, but I couldn’t find one I liked, one that was fanless and not ridiculously expensive (or at least too expensive for what I considered its worth). I like my Acer Aspire Revo R3610, but it’s way too […]

HTPC Upgrades and HD

I ran out of space on my media centre a while ago, but with the floods pushing HDD prices up so high I held off ordering a new drive.  They haven’t quite dropped back completely yet, but there were low enough so me to consider again.  Freeview HD has also made it to my region […]

Create a Great-Looking Website in 30 Minutes for Next-to-Nothing

I’m still surprised how many websites I visit that are awful.  By that I mean they’re ugly, unusable, out-of-date things.  There is no reason not to have a great-looking website that’s up-to-date these days.  You don’t have to be a graphic artist or a web designer, you don’t need any knowledge of code, if you […]

My Mini-ITX Build

I’ve been thinking of building myself a little PC for a while. Partly I like the idea of a small PC, but also I was looking for lower power consumption. My Mac Pro, although a great machine, ran 180W idle. It also took a long time to boot, so I wanted something I could leave […]

Building an HTPC (part 1)

I’ve owned a Topfield TF5800PVR PVR for some time, it’s been great, dual tuner, 160Gb drive, easy to use and you export the files via USB which can be burnt to DVD. Recently I have come across two problems: 1. I keep filling up the hard disk 2. Even though I export the files, they […]

Yet Another HTPC Rebuild

I’ve had my HTPC for a while, without doing much apart from the occasional upgrade to add a disk or what-not. The original was built back in 2010. It was still doing the job perfectly fine, but it was always a little heavy on power, too much so to leave on permanently. LAst year, the […]